Things to do in Merida

Merida – an ancient city founded by Spanish Conquistadors


Merida is the capital of the state of Yucatan in Mexico and features a rich cultural history. It’s the perfect holiday location because you’ll see ancient ruins, beautiful caves, elegant hotels, and great performances and events. The ancient Mayan ruins around the city are hundreds of years old and are an unforgettable sight to see.


Things to do in Merida Yucatan

Enjoy the great variety of things to do in Merida, from eating at 5-star restaurants to walking through hectic indoor marketplaces buzzing with vendors.


Merida to Cancun

Take a day trip from Merida to Cancun, the nearby resort city featuring famous beaches and gorgeous facilities.


Merida Tours

Take tours to as many Mayan ruins as you can, because each is unique and has its own archaeological story. There are many different tours you can go on i Merida, if you want to do something more physically active you can go on a couple of diving tours as well.




Merida Zoo

If you have children, the Merida Zoo is a great place to go and look at exotic animals and lush plants. The Merida Zoo is located in the Merida’s Centennial Park.


Merida Gallery

There are several art galleries and museums throughout the city if you would like to learn more about Mexican culture and see some excellent local paintings and works of art. It’s a great activity to visit a gallery in Merida. You can even see a light and sound show that exhibits archeological and historical displays made from a wide array of materials at the Great Museum of the Mayan World.


When to go to Merida

The city has a tropical climate with warm to hot temperatures throughout the year. The average temperature in January is 24 °C (75 °F) while August experiences an average temperature 30 °C (80 °F). Be sure to drink plenty of water and bring along your sunhat no matter when you visit, because it’s always summer in Merida.
Merida’s most famous festival is the Carnaval de Merida in March in which hundreds of people from all over the world come to celebrate with music and performers in the city streets.
Things to do in Merida

Merida Facts

Population970 377
CurrencyMexican peso
AirportLicenciado Manuel Crescencio Rejon Int, Mexico (MID)

Merida average temperatures

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Merida - Pre-Hispanic Town of Uxmal

The town of Uxmal represents the highest point of late Mayan art and architecture, with its main sites built between the 8th and 10th centuries AD, when it was abandoned until the arrival of the Spanish. An interesting fact about Uxmal is that, unlike most prehispanic towns, it isn’t laid out geometrically but in relation to certain astronomical phenomena such as the position of Venus when it rises. The upper level of the facades of the buildings is decorated with rich symbolic motifs and usually represents the divinity Chaac, god of the rain.

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